Mark Van Clieaf is Managing Director of MVC Associates International,
based in Tampa and Toronto. A leading consultancy in integrating
organization / accountability
assessment / succession planning, and Pay-for-Performance linked to
value for shareholders and society.
His over 15 years of organizational consulting has identified 5
Levels of CEO Work and accountability, and 5 Levels of Corporate
Governance, which form the foundation for 5 Levels of Innovation and
Enterprise Sustainability. Current compliance and check the box
approaches to corporate governance fail to get at the core
organizational and leadership issues required to sustain value creation
for shareholders and society. See “The New DNA of Corporate Governance”
and "Are Boards and CEOs accountable for the Right Level of Work?" at
The Failure of having Boards and CEOs accountable at the right Level
of Work risks the loss of shareholder capital. Over 50 % of the top 1800
public companies in North America have failed to return a profit greater
than their cost of capital over 5 years, Boards / CEO's operating at to
low a Level of Work also results in failure to take into account the
broader environmental and societal level risks that impact longer term
shareholder value and the broader business ecosystem.
His recent research into Pay-for-Performance and executive
compensation has identified a number of potential new liabilities that
Board Directors face in this new post Worldcom / Disney era. Recent
ground-breaking findings includes the fact that 60 US companies that
destroyed $ 700 billion in value over 5 years paid their named executive
officers $ 12 billion in total direct compensation. See “Strategic Pay”
, “The Myths of Executive Compensation”, “New Compensation Committee
Liabilities” and “Executive Accountability & Excessive Compensation: A
New Test For Director Liability” at
Mark is a guest Lecturer in Corporate Governance (organization,
leadership and pay for performance design) at the Ivey School of
Business. He has also been a guest lecturer in organizational /
industrial psychology at the Ph.d level.
He is a frequent speaker on organization design, CEO Accountability,
executive Pay-For-Performance, and succession planning, all linked to
He was a Commissioner for the National Association of Corporate
Directors, Blue Ribbon Commission on CEO Succession Planning, in
He was a Founding Member, Executive Selection Research Advisory
Board, Center for Creative Leadership, Greensboro NC and was Special
Guest Editor, Human Resource Planning, for the Human Resource Planning
Society, based in New York, NY. He is also past President of the The
Strategic Leadership Forum.
He is currently a member of the National Association of Corporate
Directors and the International Corporate Governance Network.
Previously he was with Price Waterhouse in their Business Strategy
and Executive Search Consulting Practices, working across 4 continents.
Including playing a role in setting up the Ontario Teachers Pension Plan
and recruiting its first CEO in 1990.
His early career was in the advertising, direct marketing, graphic
design industries. He continues today in designing leading marketing
functions and recruiting key marketing executives for North American
clients. This includes the transformation of mass marketing to
data-driven & targeting marketing, and from product driven to customer
driven / CRM organizations.
He has been conference chair and or keynote speaker for the
Conference Board, SAS Users Group, IIR and many others about the future
of data driven marketing
He holds an undergraduate degree in economics and business and a
Post-graduate diploma in international business.
He can be reached at